Hooper was named the Georgia State Golf Assocition’s executive director and began his duties on Monday.
“I’m very excited about the new position,” Hooper said, midway through his first day in the post. “It’s an honor to be associated with the Georgia State Golf Association. That’ve got a a long-term reputation of being very well respected and well-run. It’s a real privelage to be given this opportunity.”
The former Lassiter High School and Kennesaw State University golfer previously served as the executive director of the Atlanta Junior Golf Association, where he had worked since 2003. During his time with the AJGA, he saw participation grow to record levels and directed the development of a mobile-friendly website and mobile applications to make information more accessable to golfers.
He hopes to put similar installation in places through the GSGA.
“I think at a bird’s eye level, we want to make sure that we are doing everything we can to utilize the really great technology out there,” said Hooper.
Hooper envisions a system where member golfers can readily find information about events, benefits and programs, register for events more easily and have it all make sense.
“Realistically we want to bolster what we already offer,” said Hooper. “We really want to extend our reach to those less traditional golfers, who are not quite as accomplished and may be don’t know where to turn to get started. We want to be that provider.”
In his new role Hooper will supervise the GSGA’s staff of 15, which carries out various services for the state’s nearly 350 member golf clubs and 75,000 individual golfers across the state. Some services offered by the GSGA include computerized haddicapping, course raing and measuring and annual statewide competitions.
“We want to grow the game of golf in Georgia and serve as its primary promoter within the state,” said Hooper.